Happy Hour on April 12, 2018

Happy-Hour-Invite

Join us for a Happy Hour to raise funds for the Sensory Room @ MIA on April 12!

For Tickets, visit LeadershipMiami.eventbrite.com.

Join Leadership Miami Team 2 – Miami Beat – and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce as we raise funds to build The Sensory Room @ MIAa mutli-sensory environment at Miami International Airport for children with developmental disorders, including autism.

The Sensory Room @ MIA will be just the THIRD such room in the U.S.!

Admission to the event is $25, which includes one (1) drink and one (1) appetizer per person.

This Happy Hour Event wil be held on Thursday, April 12, 2018, from 6PM to 8PM at Ball & Chain, located at 1513 SW 8th Street, in Little Havana.

For more information, contact Team Miami Beat at lmmiamibeat@gmail.com.

Help Raise Funds for a Sensory Room for Autistic Children at Miami Int’l Airport

Leadership Miami’s Team 2 – Miami Beat – is raising funds to build a Sensory Room for Autistic kids at Miami International Airport!

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Support this Cause! 

March 6, 2018 – Connecting for a Cause Fundraiser – $35 donation per person

http://www.miamichamber.com/events/connecting-cause-leadership-miami-fundraiser

For more information on this project, Follow Team Miami Beat on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/Miami-Beat-Leadership-Miami-716114485248766/

Leadership Miami’s Team 2 – Miami Beat – is raising funds to build a Sensory Room at Miami International Airport!

We are pleased to announce that we will be building a Multi-sensory Room at MIA to benefit families traveling with children who suffer from developmental disabilities, such as autism. MIA will be just the third airport in the country with these facilities.

We’re partnering with The Arc of the United States and the UM-NSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities for the clinical/therapeutic aspects of the facility. We’re partnering with YOU to get it finished.

If you are in the Miami area, you are invited to a Shark Tank-style event, Connecting for a Cause, on March 6, 2018, presented by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
https://www.facebook.com/events/966320223532646/

At this time, we need donations to kick-start our purchase of therapy items/inventory for the room. Donations can be made at the following link by scrolling down and clicking on Leadership Miami Team 2’s “Donate” button: http://www.southfloridaprogressfoundation.org/make-a-donat…/

We will be seeking in-kind donations of building supplies, design/artistic talent, and skilled trades in the near future. Feel free to inbox me if you have any questions about the project or how else you can get involved.

Twits plus 43.

So I made a bet…

If you’ve read my blog, you know what is coming. It’s time for a Twitter count!

A few months ago, I decided time spent coming up with ways to enthrall my virtual followers with stories of my day and my ideas is just too much responsibility. My elaborate plan to gain Twitter followers consisted of this one mantra – DO NOTHING.

Thus, this number represents my total lack of effort at actually forming a Twitter “presence”.

Here’s how it’s going:

As of 2/9/16, the number of Followers I have on Twitter has grown from 426 to 469.

In six months – that’s right – SIX MONTHS – I have gained 43 Followers.

That is Pretty. Darn. Good. For doing NOTHING.

Now, some would say – wow, that really SUCKS! That is sad, sad, SAD. An average of 7.1 new people per month? How can this be good? Shouldn’t you be trying to reach thousands?

Here’s why. People HAVE found my blog and chosen to hit that Follow button based upon content alone. No gimmicks. No effort, chemicals or preservatives added.

My idea was to sit back and see how many new Twitter followers I would gain NATURALLY.

Therefore – SUCCESS!

It’s time to focus on what I did RIGHT that convinced 43 NEW PEOPLE to choose to follow my silly little tweets.

And to do that, I’m giving myself a homework assignment.  I will look up 10 articles on how to naturally increase my Twitter presence, and share my findings. Wish me luck!

Please feel free to COMMENT, as I’m open to suggestions and thoughts.

Twits Plus 14. 

So I made a bet…

I had an idea. A bright one – shiny and sparkly and oh so cheeky.

I decided that the best thing to do would be NOTHING.

That is correct. My bright idea was to sit back and see how many new Twitter followers I would gain NATURALLY – no actual promotion or pleading or paying attention on my end.

I figured that since I was posting on FB and updated my LinkedIn page that some people would drift this way organically – no effort, chemicals or preservatives added.
The result was 14 new Followers on Twitter in 60 days.

Yes, 14.

Let’s Count Together – 1, 2, 3 … 14.

Wow. My bright idea was really quite dim.

So what happened?

It’s research time!

Was I too lax? boring? Annoying?

Did people UN-follow me? If so, why? What did I do wrong?

Flip side – what did I do RIGHT that convinced 14 NEW PEOPLE to choose to follow my silly little tweets?

Please feel free to COMMENT, as I’m open to suggestions and thoughts.

Isn’t it ironic? Holocaust letter on Hitler’s personal stationary by my jewish grandfather goes viral.

Unlike the song by Alanis Morisette, this really IS ironic.

During WWII, my jewish grandfather wrote home to my grandmother on Hitler’s Stationary.

Why? Because “F**k you Hitler” – that’s why! 

I used to play with his trunk from the war when i was little, which included a helmet and a pack of cigarettes. (Those are the only items I remember).  It sat in our basement forever until my mom sent it to my uncle almost 20 years ago.

The Miami Herald picked up on the story after my uncle contacted the Holocaust museum in D.C. to donate the letter, among other items.

Enjoy!

#NeverForget

CLASSIC.

Check out the story here.

NVEEE’s 3rd Annual “Not On My Watch” Anti-Bullying Red-Carpet Reception

NVEEE Presents…

The 3rd Annual “Not on My Watch” Red-Carpet Event Benefitting #BullyingAwarenessWeek

AND TIME TO CELEBRATE MY BIRTHDAY!!

Please come out and celebrate my BIRTHDAY with NVEEE!!
You all know how near and dear to my heart NVEEE is, since our founding so many years ago.

That’s why, in lieu of gifts, all I ask is that you attend and donate $25 to NVEEE
(i.e. the price of a ticket!)
Can’t make it? Please consider a donation!!!

PLEASE Get your tickets today! http://tinyurl.com/mxbefzk

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 EVENT DETAILS:

When:

Friday November 22, 2013 | 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

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Where:

Brasileiro Restaurant801 Brickell Bay Drive, Miami, FL 33131

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THAT’S RIGHT MY FRIENDS!!

I expect EVERYONE to jump in the photo booth DONATED by Style Fusion and take some crazy pics!1080501_10200839143434234_735010691_n

COME CELEBRATE FOR A GREAT CAUSE!!!

HAZING as BULLYING

HAZING as BULLYING

Recently, unless you have been living under a rock, or in the woods preparing for a Zombie Apocalypse, some NFL and college football players have ‘come out of the locker room’, and their teams have come under fire, after very serious allegations of hazing have surfaced.

Everyone seems to be weighing in on the topic, so I figured why the hell not?

Heck, Jeremy Shockey has been telling people about this issue for YEARS.

Definition time for those of you who don’t know but think you may have a good idea:

Hazing: humiliating and sometimes dangerous initiation rituals, esp. as imposed on college students seeking membership to a fraternity or sorority.

Bullying: to use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants.

Based on these two definitions, the separation between hazing and bullying is that bullying has no purpose of initiation, but otherwise, hazing and bullying are the same abuse of power.

Some disagree, based on the premise that hazing is something that eventually STOPS once you are considered part of the team/group/fraternity/club, and its intended goal is to promote solidarity and shared experience between members based on a sense of belonging since everyone has been through the SAME initiation.

In that vein, Hazing is TECHNICALLY a more socially accepted term considering the negative connotations that are attached to the word ‘bullying’.

So where is the line drawn? Do you feel that hazing is simply bullying that society deems as acceptable?

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The high-profile parties to the current controversy have brought this distinction to the forefront of our current life debates.

The Miami Dolphins suspended Richie Incognito over alleged bullying and harassment, after, over a prolonged period, he is said to have repeatedly abused tackle Jonathan Martin, leaving voicemail messages on his phone which included such abuse as, “Hey, wassup, you half n—– piece of (expletive)…” and “(I’m going to) slap your (expletive) mouth. (I’m going to) slap your real mother across the face (laughter).”  Incognito had even intimidated Martin into paying $15,000 for a meal in Las Vegas that he didn’t even attend.

FULL STORY

According to one op-ed piece in the New York Times they are one and the same:  “Hazing is simply another name for bullying, and it is unacceptable in all its forms. Bullies will do only what bystanders allow; it is a group process and a social dynamic that grips a victim’s entire world.”

I URGE you to read this quick post on Hazing and the top Myths surrounding such practices.

Hazing is not limited to certain areas or disciplines – the military, athletic teams, marching bands, professional schools and so on all have a history of hazing members.

Hazing is not authorized by universities or the NFL, most of whom have strict no-hazing policies.  However, group sports and fraternal organizations, traditionally, have their own internal guidelines, their own “initiations” to supposedly strength their bond.

Even NFL players have stated that they EXPECTED to be hazed, whether same did or did not actually happen.

EXAMPLE: When Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith reported to his first training camp two years ago, he anticipated being hazed by veteran teammates. He “had heard the stories and watched shows like HBO’s “Hard Knocks” that glorified the behavior and was prepared to be rudely welcomed to the NFL”. To his surprise, since of course the Ravens are AWESOME anyway, the rookies were welcomed by leaders like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Terrell Suggs, who made it clear that the team had more important things to worry about. STORY HERE.

My sorority, Tri Delta, has a no-tolerance policy for hazing – unlike some others whose pledges would have to do embarrassing, yet not harmful, activities.  However, I witnessed a lot of hazing in the other Greek organizations.  Usually, this was light-hearted, such as making new pledges clean the house, or sing in a public place; however, there is a MUCH darker side.

There are times when hazing goes so over the line to amount to assault, battery, and even permanent physical and mental injury.

Take the case of Cameron Fagen, 19-year-old Grand View college student who was a member of the BOWLING team.

First thought? Seriously, hazing in BOWLING? What do they do, roll you down the lane? Put itching powder in your bowling shoes?

NOPE. THEY KICK THE SHIT OUT OF YOU AND BREAK YOUR JAW!! 

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Fagen has sued the university (GOOD!) after he was severely beaten by a group of fellow athletes AND IT WAS CAPTURED ON VIDEO!. Apparently, the incident “started after some rough housing among friends. It ended with duct-taped Fagen punched, kicked, beaten with a broom handle and rolled up in a carpet before being left bleeding and injured in a dorm common room. The diminutive Fagen suffered a broken jaw.” (Des Moines Register)

HE IS DAMN RIGHT TO BE SUING – it’s freaking criminal!  The video is DISGUSTING and shows a total lack of humanity in every damn person in that room. It is assault.  It is battery.  I think the students who did this act were definitely not HAZING – they went way too far to call their actions something less than repulsive, inhuman and sickening (actually more like, they went insane).

The Huffington Post refers to this incident as BULLYING. Other outlets claim HAZING.

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE???